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Custom maps will be discoverable from matchmaking; release to coincide with 'Survival Pack' DLC.

Posted by Varsity on Feb 5th, 2009

The first Left 4 Dead release for the Source SDK will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC.

Read the full story. There is no mention of source code unfortunately, but then again this is only the "first" L4D release!

The 'Survival Pack' (which judging by Valve's wording could be an additional purchase even on PC will be free) will introduce two "complete campaigns for Versus", probably upgraded versions of Dead Air and Death Toll, and the titular new game mode, Survival.

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Kedgeree
Kedgeree Feb 5 2009, 4:26pm says:

Damn, I want to find out more about the "Survival" game mode D:
And also woo for PC owners!

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BiLL364
BiLL364 Feb 5 2009, 5:15pm replied:

Woo :D

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Feb 5 2009, 6:14pm replied:

Valve is an intelligent company. They will not charge for the update. Valve understands how PC gaming works is really what it comes down too. You could bypass paying for map packs so fast it's not even funny. It's absolutely absurd to think Valve would even do something like that. Shame on the poster.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but Valve isn't going to sign their own death warrant with the **** storm that will ensue,

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SpaceTuna
SpaceTuna Feb 5 2009, 4:41pm says:

SDK this spring??? It should have been out yesterday.

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Knights
Knights Feb 5 2009, 9:21pm replied:

I approve this message.....

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AgeNt_
AgeNt_ Feb 5 2009, 5:20pm says:

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Feb 5 2009, 5:41pm says:

Hmm if they try to charge for this update I will be VERY DISAPPOINTED in Valve. Don't get me wrong, I am happy about the SDK and all the free mods that will come from that.

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m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 5 2009, 6:10pm replied:

I verily agree.

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Erwaitin
Erwaitin Feb 12 2009, 5:47am replied:

Yep,improve the way we can expand your games and you're going to sell more games... it's pretty simply!

I think we should not worry about that, Valve was the first company that changed its bussines model and will keep that way for many years, that's for sure.

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TheRealZein
TheRealZein Feb 5 2009, 6:49pm says:

ZOMG! new campaign!

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barronofhellion
barronofhellion Feb 5 2009, 10:24pm says:

damn was hoping it would be this month i can't wait!

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Tron619
Tron619 Feb 5 2009, 10:39pm says:

i give this news a 5 out of 5

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raidenandsolid
raidenandsolid Feb 5 2009, 11:21pm says:

From the brief glance I have taken, am I correct in assuming the SDK will only allow for campaign creation? Why bother calling it an SDK then? Why not just call-it a campaign editor. Seriously.

Secondly, they say by spring? Don't they mean spring of '10? I'm pretty sure they will find reasons to push it farther back, because after all, a more complete product is better than one with a lot of "bugs".

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Angry_Beaver
Angry_Beaver Feb 6 2009, 12:27am replied:

Because its been called the SDK for
HL
OP4
BS
TFC
CS
DOD
HL:Source
HL2
HL2:DM
CSS
DODS
HL2:LC
HL2:EP1
TF2
Portal
HL2:EP2
Its what valve calls their editing suite. Also its not just a map editor, it upgrades all the editing tools valve provides to work with the slightly updated engine that L4D provides so it truly is an SDK.

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GoodieStake
GoodieStake Feb 5 2009, 11:52pm says:

I may just get this now with the SDK coming out.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Feb 6 2009, 12:02am says:

DLC works with many companies, valve's smart enough to know people will pay for it happily and religiously. But spring's ~2 months away, could be sooner!

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H3llM4rine
H3llM4rine Feb 6 2009, 12:40am replied:

No sir you are wrong. Valve knows it's customers are smart enough NEVER to pay for DLC because most of the time its users make better DLC than valve itself. They aren't stupid so don't assume they are.

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Daystranger
Daystranger Feb 6 2009, 2:22am replied:

This is true.
TheHappyFriar, if you're "happy" to pay for DLCs then... You're MS's b*tch. Sorry. Wrong site to be happy on.

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zombieOnion
zombieOnion Feb 6 2009, 2:47pm replied:

So if a person is buying a game that he likes, he is Microsoft's bitch for some reason?
And why can't we be happy on moddb?

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Daystranger
Daystranger Feb 7 2009, 3:58am replied:

No.
If a person buys a PATCH for the game, then - yes. He's pretty screwed.

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PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench Feb 6 2009, 1:12pm replied:

hahah ya, Never underestimate the power of the people, user content available when valve software is purchased is both exceptional in quality and price (price being free). If they for whatever reason charge for the DLC I will disappointed and shocked. <3 Valve

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zombieOnion
zombieOnion Feb 6 2009, 2:46pm replied:

You all of a sudden know how ALL of Valve's customers behave?

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ÐiamonÐ
ÐiamonÐ Feb 6 2009, 3:47pm says:

YAY LETS MAKE MORE ZOMBIE MODS

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